Set One: d1t01 - Uncle John?s Band d1t02 - Jack Straw d1t03 - Friend Of The Devil d1t04 - Black Throated Wind d1t05 - Scarlet Begonias d1t06 - Mexicali Blues d1t07 - Row Jimmy d1t08 - Beat It On Down The Line d1t09 - Deal d1t10 - The Race Is On d1t11 - To Lay Me Down d2t01 - Playin? In The Band
Set Two: d2t02 - Phil And ned
Set Three: d2t03 - Loose Lucy d2t04 - Big River d2t05 - Peggy-O d2t06 - Me & My Uncle d3t01 - Eyes Of The World -> d3t02 - China Doll d3t03 - He?s Gone -> d3t04 - Truckin? -> d3t05 - Drums -> d3t06 - Caution Jam -> d3t07 - Ship Of Fools d3t08 - Johnny B. Goode
Encore: d3t09 - U.S. Blues
-Two pops removed in Peggy-O with Cool Edit Pro v1.2
Ths is such a good show, but like so much of this era's shows, the vocals feel hollow and there is little depth or richness to the mix. It's nice to hear Bob's guitar and Phil bass high up in the mix, but the drums have no power or low end and the compression of the sound is frustrating. Almost wish there was a good AUD mix rather than what so much of the '74 shows ended up sounding like on the SBD masters. The recent '73-'74 Pacific Northwest Boxed Set packaged shows how good these shows were with a good audio mix. Nevertheless, this is a great show and very enjoyable to listen to.
April 1, 2019 Subject:
9th Trip Around the Sun
Choice, nearly 10-minute UJB show opener- that's featured on the 30 trips definitive live story. Last time opened was 8/23/71 and the next time would be 6/8/80- actually its last in the show opening slot. The sweet '74 goodness just keeps coming and the band keeps on giving: check out the great versions of FOTD - first since 12/11/72, 108 shows - BTW, Jimmy, TLMD, and the closing 23-minute PITB. Check out Stellablu122's review. Possible proto-Shakedown jam at around 12:28? I don't know, but definitely right to point out that there's - count 'em - six Garcia ballads at this show. Wow. Next comes a "shorter" 1.5 set that has Phil and Ned clocking in at around 13 minutes. Second set is all-star, highlighted by the late-set Truckin'->Jam. Here's what as1307 has to say about it (from the earlier 2004 Charlie Miller transfer):
"ok...it's about 23 minutes long and features a drums/bass segment and what is labeled as the caution jam. i will mention that very early on, weir introduces the mind left body theme and garcia is right there with him, all over it, before lesh begins the 'caution' bass. so for a couple of minutes you get this MLB/caution hybrid jam (see 10/18/78 for the mojo/MLB mix...). its already cliche to call godchaux's rhodes playing during this era hancock-esque but really it is, and this whole jam has a strong bitchs-brew era electric miles feel (actually, the whole thing reminds me of 'pharoahs dance' off that record). great jam that actually gets pretty frenzied at its climax, with very very strong playing by everyone. amazing, really."
November 17, 2018 Subject:
Maven of Funk Mutation
I rate this show highest rating. I do not often use this high of a tier. With all the Noise back home internally, I believe this short but needed trip out of country gave way for a rare moment of vacation from oneself, a different vibe drove moments like this incredible Truckin'>Drums >Caution Jam!
April 5, 2016 Subject:
The first set is very good, with a more-jazzy-than-trippy Playin' and a startlingly great UJB opener with a long jam. Phil & Ned are good, but nowhere near the heights of other shows I've heard. The 2nd set is very tight & well-played, but not what I'd call one of the best of '74.
June 3, 2015 Subject:
Peggy-O and To Lay Me Down
These are the best versions of these songs and nothing comes remotely close. This show is easily in the the top ten of my all-time list. They transcended themselves. Each member of the band is expressing himself in just the right way, at just the right time, when you least expect it, and exactly when you do expect it.
The Row Jimmy and Friend of the Devil is up there, too -- Jerry's solos are heartbreaking.
[review originally written for earlier Miller upload, way back in 2007]
February 26, 2015 Subject:
To Lay me down
Had a very tore up tape version of this with almost zero vocals but loved it just the same. So good to hear this in all its full glory.
I can't exactly put my finger on it but there is something about the sound and musical space the Dead are in circa 74.
As already commented on the set list for the 1st set is just top shelf. I almost feel like it is an acoustic set yet they are electric and trippy almost hypnotic in places.
There are spots were Keith sounds like Ned might be sitting in or at minimum Keith is tinkering with something besides a piano.
Phil's bass is just so front and center. I have to be honest I don't remember Phil this high up in the mix when I was going to shows in the 80's.
The vocals here are very good as well. I just like the way everyone picks each other up no matter who is singing lead.
And then of course there is Garcia. I am not sure how anyone can be compared to Jerry. He was the lifeblood of the band when I was going to shows and here he is just simply other worldly.
Much credit also to Billy who is able to twist and turn the bus give it the gas or jam on the brakes.
Pretty sure that is a Shakedown jam in the Playin around 13 minutes in. Or at least the seeds for it.
September 19, 2014 Subject:
one for the ages
the Uncle John's alone is worth 5 stars, and the show just climbs from there ! including one of the last upbeat FOTDs (curse Kenny Loggins!), and a great version indeed.
also, the soundcheck is well worth enjoying: 8 min of Jer soloing, and a great Attics.
November 1, 2012 Subject:
Stellablu122 is correct!
Starting at 12:28 the origins of Shakedown emerge. Also, absolutely amazing show!
October 23, 2012 Subject:
74 chataeu Du Deadchild
fine french wine, enjoy 74
June 2, 2012 Subject:
Les Français aiment le Grateful Dead.
Back in the early '80's the first set of this tape was in heavy circulation and an exceptional sounding one at that. All tapers had this one and it is clear to me nowit was from this same source. This set and the high pitched June Louisvillle show were played to death in my cassette deck and began my love affair with this unique sounding and amazing year.
As other reviewers have mentioned the first set may be the best one, from start to finish, from this year. It opens with maybe the only time Uncle John's Band would ever open a show until the 15th anniversay shows of 1980 in Boulder, CO.
The last time they palyed it as an opener I believe 8/23/71?
Phil Lesh is so strong this entire show and it begins the instant after Jerry strums those familar opening chords, Phil literally plays an opening lead.This version is a pinnacle reading of this classic too.
They bring it to a complete stop, which is how it was played often back then, and then begin a lilting and majestically transforming Jack Straw.
Jerry phrasing is just spectatular on this one, easily one of my favorite versions, as this one is a true psychedellic dream. Follow this up with a sing-a-long dance-a-long reading of FOTD and this night is already heading toward mythical ethos.
Next comes a fantastic and emotionally packed BT Wind then the goods keep on coming with an upbeat and sparkling rendition of Scarlet Begonias, featuring excellent playing on the Moog by Keith.
Keith continues to switch between the Moog and piano the rest of the show.
I love this set and will not get caught up in hyberpole, everything is played with that extra magic and sweeteness.
This could not be better represented by one of the most enduring and sweeping versions of To Lay Me Down ever.
You next get the " standard" PITB set closer, but hold on folks, no one has yet mentioned this before and to my ears I hear something very funky in the end jam, that could lead one to believe that Jerry may have stumbled onto the beginings of Shakedown Street this night.
It is something that they toy with for a minute or two and I always thought that whenever I've listen to this show.
I would be curious what others think?
It ends triumpantly with a uplifting Reprise to end this special set.
Continuing with the Phil Lesh theme, this show included 13 minutes, of Ned and Phil.
I would love to read reviews of the scene inside the show when these sets were played.
This one is actually quite cerebral and I enjoyed it.
Set II tragically, begins with serious technical problems with the vocals for the first two songs. They are great versions and the band always made up musically when this did occurred.
It seems this was an issue when they played Loose Lucy since the Louisville experienced a similar fate too.
Another fun fact of this grand show is the amounts of ballads Jerry plays, there are six in total, and the Peggy-O that is featured this night is stunning and heartfelt.
You know Jerry was relaxed and grounded as he went more for sweetness rather than mind melt this night.
The Eyes, is very good, not as deep as other versions from this year but the ending is extremely well played as Phil continues to make his presence felt, this flows very nicely into ballad number four, China Doll.
I am sure there were many heads who were at the '72 shows and this may explain Jerry's trifeca, ending with ballad number five He's Gone. A stand up version with everything you would want out of this classic.
Pig Pen must of smiled on this one.
The band jams out of this into traditional rave up version of Truckin' and next is where the acknowledgement and respect for a fallen brother comes screaming through.
The jam has Phil teasing Caution almost from the start but Jerry and Keith first prefer to explore some jazz influenced themes first. Once again Keith is on the Moog and he shines on it. It is about at the six minute mark that both Jerry and Keith finally take Phil's cues and launch into a full blown dive into Caution.
Obviously this would not come to full rendition this night until late next month when the band returned home to close out the Winterland run, but this one is excellent and the audience loves it.
Jerry then surprises with a late set Ship of Fool, ballad number six,which with the previous jam and the He's Gone might be more of a band confessional on how " they" might have intervened more on Pig Pen's behalf to save him from a sad and painful fate.
The band next goes old school with a JBG to end the set.
The US Blues is standard fare but the audience loves it and you can hear their devotion and excitement bleed through the vocal mikes.
As mentioned before Phil tries to be the gracious host and acknowledge the loyal and grateful French audience for this historic night of music.
It was rare for Phil to speak and when he did it meant he had a wonderful time playing.
Check out 5/15/77 for what I mean.
Vive les sentiers de Grateful Dead et heureux de vous jusqu'à ce que nous nous reverrons.
March 19, 2011 Subject:
Bon nuit a tu
Good job, Phil. As terrible as the French was, this show is an incredible ride from start to finish.
The first set alone is incredible with outstanding versions of Friend Of The Devil (listen to that fantastic, bouncy rhythm), Black Throated Wind and Scarlet Begonias. A gorgeous TLMD and a superb Playin' jam.
The second set starts off with what could be my favourite Loose Lucy they had been playing with the rhythm over the last few months and finally they perfected it (with a minimum of the cheezy background vocals). Absolutely outstanding version of Eyes with one of those 74 Slipknot squiggles and a jazzy, exploratory Caution jam.
Ever moment of this show is gripping.
Thanks, Charlie Miller.
January 23, 2010 Subject:
Blast from the Past
Wow, I haven't heard this in nearly 25 years. Had an old TDK cassette tape of it mislabeled "Seine Palace" that I nearly wore out listening to on my Walkman (lol!) while riding the high school bus to hockey games. Formative stuff for me, one of my first tapes as a kid. Thanks Charlie for bring it all back home. Keith's piano on He's Gone is especially lovely.
November 11, 2009 Subject:
Best single show of Europe '74.
Although the Alexandra Palace run has some absolutely amazing highlights, this show has it from beginning to end! I have this on an old 2nd gen. SBD tape. Great sound with just a subtle hiss, typical of many 'Wall of Sound' recordings. This cleanup is stellar! Some of the most unique arrangements on jamming and a "Just Eaxctly Perfect Brother's Band" night, almost three years earlier than the supposed debut.
A must have. Keep it close. Keep it safe. ;)
Thanks again, Charlie.
June 15, 2009 Subject:
I am really digging this Caution jam. Listen with headphones for Phil's bass "bouncing all around". Bill is driving this whole show and is perfect in the mix, for my tastes. Four stars, but what do i know, i'm a '71 guy.......
May 29, 2009 Subject:
One of the best first sets of all time. Uncle John's Band, Black Throated Wind, Scarlet Begonias, set ending Playin' ...top notch, all made better with the latest Miller revision...classic 1974 Grateful Dead...what a great sound when they're on...
March 11, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 18, 1974 at Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France
It's food for your head from the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Another "Must Have" show from Mr. Miller and the GRATEFUL DEAD.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
5 stars for mix, recording, performance, and transfer.
If you are using Windows XP and want to download this show use "RealPlayer" to view this web-page.
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you could be sorry...the "Man" giveth and the "Man" taketh away...
An audio Masterpiece from the "Worlds Greatest Live Band" performing where the mustard comes from, Dijon..."Grey Poop-On", France.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Liste to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1974...Long live the MUSIC...
March 8, 2009 Subject:
It's not Cole Porter but there is certainly some amazing music here.
Possible best ever performances of Uncle John's Band and Scarlet Begonias make this one of the best first sets ever. Still some hiss, but this is a fantastic show and a top ten of 1974. (99 pts)